What is the history of “Energy Kinesiology’?

The field of “Energy kinesiology” is based on the unblocking and balancing of energetic flows throughout the human body and the energy field that surrounds it, e.g. the auric field.  With the application of the technique of “muscle testing or muscle monitoring”, your body is giving its own subconscious feedback via biofeedback monitoring: the muscle movement of an individual muscle, usually the movement of a person’s arm by either locking or unlocking to give feedback.  The practitioner who is doing the muscle testing remains neutral and acts as the facilitator that interprets the body’s responses to identify the blockages and how to balance the stressors.  How exciting to have a method of asking the body to direct its own energetic healing process!  Energy kinesiology is a complementary, holistic modality that does not diagnose or replace western medicine protocols and treatment.  It combines Eastern medicine with western healing modalities.

Our bodies are like a “battery”.  Energy flows throughout the body and around it.  Blocked energy centers of the body such as the 14 Chinese meridians, acupuncture points, chakras, auric field, and congested areas over painful muscle areas cause discomfort, weakness, pain and a general sense of “unease”.  Opening up the flow of energy centers gives a person a feeling of sense of well-being and increased energy in all dimensions: physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.  So what causes energetic blocks?  Heighted emotions, mental turmoil and stress, physical stress, and even the wrong foods or environmental exposures can cause stress on our energetic bodies.  These stressors flip off the “circuit breakers” of the body that protect the body’s meridians from being overwhelmed with too much energy.  The body is smart enough to re-route energy to avoid any bodily injury.  Without enough “chi” flowing throughout the body, causes muscles to weaken/unlock which causes pain.  A great analogy is when lightening hits a cable outside of your home, and increased electricity is moving towards your house.  If you did not have circuit breakers in your house to disrupt the flow of energy in to your house, then all your electrical appliances, TV’s, and computers will be damaged.

In 1964, George Goodheart, DC was able to map out 14 muscles and 14 specific muscle tests to each of the 14 Chinese meridians in Tradition Chinese Medicine/Five Element model.  The Chinese call the vital life force, “chi” that runs throughout the 14 Chinese meridians (lines of energy that connect to an organ or function of the body).  Since “chi” cannot be readily seen, having a “specific muscle test per meridian” test strong, gives feedback that the “chi” is flowing easily throughout that specific muscle.  If the muscle weakens during the same muscle test, e.g. anterior deltoid muscle represents the gallbladder meridian, and it unlocks or the arm drops when pressure is applied in a downward motion, it shows that there is a blockage of the chi flow in the gallbladder meridian.

Dr. Goodheart used Dr. Frank Chapman’s neurolymphatic reflexes (stimulates lymphatic flow), Dr. Terrance Bennett’s neurovascular reflexes (stimulates vascular flow to the muscles), and meridian tracing as ways to restore “chi” flow in the body and open up the flow of all of the 14 meridians and thus strengthen the associated muscles which reduced discomfort, pain and stress.  Dr. Goodheart developed the field of “Applied Kinesiology” (AK) and only wanted to teach it to other chiropractic physicians.

In 1973, John Thie, DC was a student of Dr. Goodheart and he asked permission to develop a protocol to teach the public, e.g. Mothers to take care of their families.  His energy kinesiology protocols were grouped in to four fifteen hour classes to be called, “Touch for Health” which has been taught world-wide and is under the direction of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (IKAC) which is based in Australia.

All practitioners of Energy Kinesiology have taken “Touch for Health” as a foundation for basic energy kinesiology principles.  Over 100 different branches and forms of kinesiology systems have developed for emotional balancing, physical balancing and teaching of dyslexic individuals, etc.…

Why call this website, “Energy Goal Setting”?

It was found that when a kinesiology balance is performed with no intent or goal, the balance addresses the body in that moment of time.     Dr. John Thie asked his patients, “How would you like to feel after the balance?”  His patients might answer, they would like to feel better and be able to walk easily, free of discomfort.  It was found that when a definitive positive outcome or goal is set, the balance lasted longer and was more target specific.  In other words, the practitioner would balance to a specific goal and reset the body’s energy flow to accept the goal without stress.  If a thought or goal causes stress to the body’s energetic/emotional state, the chi flow would be disrupted and muscles would weaken.

For example, if you are a salesperson, and you dislike “cold calling” clients, it might cause you to have an upset stomach, headache, or  high anxiety when you know if you are given a sales goal of calling 20 new clients per day.  Using the goal of, “I comfortably, successfully, and easily call 20 new clients per day” is balanced, then after the balance, you will be comfortable calling 20 new clients per day with little or no stress.  All goals must be in set in a “positive” outcome statement and preferably in the present time.  These goals become your affirmations statements which overtime create a new neuropathway of thinking.  The choice of your words matter!  There is no limit of what goals you might choose.  I love kinesiology balances because within 1-2 hours, I can lower my stress level, reduce my pain levels, and change the way I behave or react to situation.  These techniques have helped me transition into the career and type of person I want to be!

A tribute to Dr. Goodheart